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Melissa Stern joined FOX 4 in October of 2013 and reports for FOX 4 News from 10:30A-6:30P.
Melissa’s passion for reporting started at a young age while she was growing up in south Florida. From debate, to public speaking, then reporting and anchoring for the University of Florida…she decided she had the gift of gab!
Melissa loves finding stories and sharing them with the community. She earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Telecommunications at UF and then traveled to the Show Me state for the first time ever to work at KOLR10 in Springfield.
When she’s not working, Melissa enjoys traveling, cooking, working out, and spending time with family and friends.
She’s new to Kansas City and loves meeting new people. If you have a story idea, or simply want to say “hi”, e-mail her at Melissa.Stern@wdaftv4.com


Recent Articles
  • How you can prevent your packages from getting stolen from your porch this holiday season

    ANSAS CITY, Mo. —  Charles Eisenmann has had packages stolen off his front porch, a problem he says has become more prevalent in recent years. With the holidays coming up even more packages will be delivered — meaning even more could be stolen. Online shopping is more popular than ever. Sadly, criminals know you’re expecting those packages on your doorstep. But there are some options you have to prevent porch piracy this year. “We had 10 donation boxes stolen off […]

  • Overland Park dog dies after owner says she was poisoned, resembling similar Waldo incident from last week

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — An Overland Park woman says her beloved dog died — and the pup’s death resembles what happened to a Waldo woman earlier this week. Now she’s warning others after fearing someone served up hamburger tainted with rat poison to both dogs. “We took her to the vet,” Terrie Walterman said. “She was totally healthy. You can chat with the vet. there was nothing wrong with her.” Walterman said she and her daughter, Kim, adopted their husky […]

  • Wedding guest recalls frightening carjacking just before ceremony

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — What should have been a day of joy and celebration ended up being a traumatic ordeal for one wedding guest on Saturday afternoon. It happened at a church on the southeast side near 79th Street and the Paseo. That’s where police said the teenager at the center of the alleged case is already on probation for another crime. Chris Nguyen said he was just killing some time in his car before his cousin’s wedding started when […]

  • Man exposes himself to young girl, calls another an inappropriate name at KCMO apartment complex

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A man exposed himself to a young girl Tuesday morning and called another girl an inappropriate name, police say. The man approached the two Tiffany Ridge Elementary School students at the Crossing at Barry Road in two separate incidents. The girls immediately told a trusted adult, who contacted the police. While she was inside, another child was heading to the bus stop. She saw the same guy, and he called her an inappropriate name. She got scared […]

  • Police charge 16-year-old alleged gang leader as an adult in four violent vehicle thefts

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — A 16-year-old is being charged as an adult after police say they linked him to several vehicle thefts this past summer. Police have linked Michael Smith, who they say was creating his own street gang, to four violent vehicle thefts over the span of five days in the summer. He’s now been charged with robbery, armed criminal action and tampering with a motor vehicle. Ashley Linder, a victim in one of those car thefts, said a […]

  • Road rage in Overland Park leaves man in critical condition; suspect in custody

    OVERLAND PARK, Kan. — A man is in critical condition with two gunshot wounds after an apparent road-rage incident in Overland Park Friday afternoon. Overland Park Police spokesperson John Lacy said the rage began at 133rd and Antioch and ended at 133rd and Hemlock, .02 mile away.  He did not provide specifics about how the shooting unfolded, but did say it happened around noon. The suspect, who was in a dark gray Chevy Camaro, is in custody. “We have one suspect […]

  • Waitress recounts scary moment when man is killed at Blue Springs restaurant

    BLUE SPRINGS, Mo. — Gunfire in a restaurant parking lot in Blue Springs killed one man Thursday. It happened near Interstate 70 and NW Woods Chapel Road. “I was inside, and we had a ladies luncheon coming in,” said Michelle Lyons, a waitress at Bethlehem Cafe. “And all of a sudden the girls were panicking, and one of the other servers told me there was somebody lying in the parking lot, and found out from the ladies luncheon that somebody […]

  • Metro man shot while walking home from work says he survived by playing dead

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — He played dead in hopes of living. That’s how a 41-year-old metro man says he survived after two men pulled up beside him and opened fire early Sunday morning. “He said when they pulled up, he asked them, ‘Who are you looking for? You know I’m not whoever it is you’re looking for,'” said Ramona Harris, Jomond Williams’ sister. “And he said the man just started shooting. He said he played dead.” Days after he was shot […]

  • Army dad returns home to surprise wife, daughter at Kansas City elementary school

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — It was an emotional reunion Tuesday at Fox Hill Elementary School. A soldier surprised his wife and daughter there. They weren’t expecting him for another few days. “We’ve been feeling like it’s been 5 million years since he’s been home,” Marley Sanchez said. After a 10-month deployment in Afghanistan, Army Reservist Eben Sanchez surprised his wife and 8-year-old daughter during lunch. School administrators quickly arranged the reunion to be held in the cafeteria while all the […]

  • Shawnee eighth-grader tries to save her school’s Veterans Day ceremony

    SHAWNEE, Kan. — Monticello Trails Middle School in the De Soto School District is no longer holding their annual Veterans Day tradition of holding a ceremony and school assembly to recognize veterans. Now one eighth-grader is taking it upon herself to keep the tradition going. “My grandfather and my uncle are both veterans, and I have a cousin who is serving in the Army right now,” 13-year-old Katelyn Kurovski said, “and it’s very important to me. The students need to […]

  • While police still search for suspect car involved in deadly KCK shooting, friend of man killed says she’s in shock

    KANSAS CITY, Kan. — Police are investigating a deadly shooting that happened near 78th Street just south of I-70 Friday. Officers say someone in a silver car fired shots then took off. “I really hope they do catch the people that did this,” Myrna Pearson said.  Pearson is a family friend of the victim and came to the scene as soon as she heard what happened. The victim was identified on Saturday as 20-year-old Darrian D. Stevens, of Kansas City, […]

  • Family of man killed in crash along with man once suspected of murder says it’s not fair

    KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two innocent men killed five years apart — one common denominator. “It’s not fair for someone to take his life, and they should have been put away a long time ago,” Simone Green, Perry Green’s daughter, said. “It hurts man, it hurts. I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy. I feel empty. I can’t sleep. I can’t eat,” Green’s son, Perry Green Jr., said. Perry Green was just 56 years old when he was killed […]